Kau Kau Kitchen
by Leilehua Yuen
Kau kau, pronounced "cow cow," means "food," or "meal" in Hawaiian pidgin. It is also used to mean "to eat," as in "let's go kau kau" - "let's go eat." You'll seldom find "Pacific Rim Cuisine" here - mostly just good home-cookin', island style.
Leilehua preparing to bake kalo during a class on Hawaiian food.
Here on Moku Hawai`i, mouflan sheep are a
popular game animal. Here is my favorite recipe:
Leg (or other piece of Mouflan)
Put the meat in a large roasting
dish. Pierce it all over and insert peeled cloves of the garlic.
Rub with a little salt. Add the orange juice/water mix. Roast the
leg tightly covered at 250 degrees for about three hours or until meat
is tender. You are really simmering it in the orange juice. Remove the
lid and let the juice cook down to about 1/4 the original volume. Rub
the leg with chutney and return to the oven to brown off. Let the meat
set for about 15 minutes to firm up and re-absorb the juices before
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